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Pope Francis prays for peace in the Middle East

Pope Francis called for peace in the Middle East this Friday (7) during an event in the Vatican gardens.

The ceremony marked the 10th anniversary of a prayer, attended by former Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Our efforts were in vain. Now, Lord, help us. Grant us peace, teach us peace, lead us to peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war’; with the war ‘Everything is destroyed’”, said the Pope.

Francis, 87, has frequently encouraged “immediate” ceasefires in Gaza. He also calls for the release of all Israeli hostages and full access to humanitarian aid in Palestinian territory.

In 2014, the pope held a prayer meeting with Mahmoud Abbas and the then Israeli president, Shimon Peres.

The pope, Abbas, Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew planted an olive tree after the service, and members of each delegation shook hands as music played.

Source: CNN Brasil

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